Youth participation and advocacy

How you can help shape youth cancer services, policy and research

 "Nothing about us, without us" 

two young women smiling

Young people are the most powerful advocates for their own needs and have the right to meaningfully participate in shaping the services they access. 

The Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service proudly works alongside young people to strengthen their voice across the Victorian cancer sector, and has developed a Youth Participation Framework that draws on best practice and international guidance to promote impactful youth engagement at every level of service development and delivery. 

We support young people in a range of ways to use their voice and experience, empowering and supporting them to take on roles as youth representatives. These roles may be formal or informal. 

Each of the below programs offers different opportunities to help improve the experiences, services, and outcomes for young people with cancer, now and into the future.